"But apart from that we had a good game, and they did what they had to do".
That is just as well for Los Blancos, given the hard position they find themselves in La Liga, and the 16 point gap to leaders Barcelona means that realistically the Copa Del Rey has become the best chance for Madrid to finish the season with any domestic silverware.
Numancia striker Guillermo scored a brace at the Santiago Bernabeu as Real Madrid were held 2-2 in the second leg of their last-16 Copa del Rey tie, Zinedine Zidane's side progressing 5-2 on aggregate.
Talking about the title challenge, Zidane said: "If we lose points every week, we cannot get close". What annoys me is that the press are saying that I'm challenging the president and the club. I've watched a number of their games this season where there's been indiscipline in the midfield.
Midfielder Marcos Llorente was particularly impressive at Numancia, while Zidane was pleased with the hour-long display of Bale, who stands a chance of starting again in midweek after netting twice in Vigo.
Spain's head coach Julen Lopetegui has remarked that any player wishing to be on the plane to Russian Federation needs to be playing regular first-team football - comments which would have been ringing in Kepa's ears as news broke of his current injury. The frustrating thing is the goal before half-time and another right at the end.
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"It wasn't easy for the players who get less game time". Until the 31st we will see, but not at the moment, why?
Real returned to winning ways when they beat lowly Numancia 3-0 in the Copa Del Rey on Thursday but we'll find out if their step-running has well and truly paid off against Celta.
"We have a squad, I believe in my squad".
Fourth in the table and thrashed 3-0 by arch-rival Barca before Christmas, Real has virtually no chance of retaining the league title and more trouble lies ahead.
Leading scorer Cavani was not involved after returning late from his Christmas and New Year break in Uruguay, so Di Maria came into the attack alongside Mbappe and Neymar.
The draw for the quarter-finals is set to take place on Friday, with the first legs scheduled for next midweek.
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